From the Hotel Astor in New York City, the American Guild of Variety Artists pay a special tribute to Judy Garland at a luncheon, November 27, 1951, in praise of her reestablishing two a day vaudeville entertainment at The Palace Theater, premiering October 16, 1951.
Host for this special occasion is Sol A. Schwartz, vice president of RKO owner of The Palace Theater. He negotiated Judy's vaudeville engagement with her manager and husband Sid Luft.
Those giving testimonial speeches include master of ceremonies Gorgie Price, President of The American Guild of Variety Artists, Danny Kaye who states that Garland is the greatest talent we have in Show Business, and Ed Sullivan who reminds every one present that such union tribute to a celebrity has not happened since World War 2. He mentions the first time he met Judy in 1936, and praises her for her current on stage performances.
A telegram is read sent by Victor Riesel regretting his inability to attend.
Martin Lacey, President of the Central Trades and Labor Council, AFL lends his hand at some of his esoteric humor and praises Judy for her accomplishments.
A silver plaque is presented to Judy Garland from the AFL Theatrical Union for her ability to reestablish Vaudeville at the Palace theater.
Garland thanks all who have attended this tribute to her. She states that this day has been the most wonderful of her life.
This rare recording was privately transcribed at the luncheon, professionally by production staff, and never broadcast to the public.